Who We Serve

First-Generation Students

The term first-generation college student applies to those students whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) either:

  • Did not receive or complete any level of post-secondary education
  • Enrolled at or earned a two-year degree from a community college
  • Earned any level of post-secondary education outside the United States.

As of Fall 2019, George Mason University reported that 20% of first-time freshmen were first-generation college students, whereas 28% were undergraduate degree-seeking first-generation college students. First-generation college students face various challenges when trying to excel both academically and socially within college. This happens because first-generation students come from various backgrounds, many of which have very limited knowledge about the details of college. Because this is the case, it is important to provide first-generation students with the support needed in order to succeed in college and make the most out of that experience.

Undocumented Students